The County Government Of Uasin Gishu has been steadfast in the construction of bodaboda shades in all six Sub Counties.
This is one of the initiatives by Governor Jackson Mandago to support and create a conducive working environment for all operators.
More than 20 bodaboda shades have been constructed in Moiben Sub County with 14 more expected to be constructed by the end of this year.
The chairman of Main Stage Jerusalem Bodaboda Sacco in Kimumu Ward Francis Irack says the construction of the shades had also enhanced the security of passengers and fostered unity among bodaboda riders who have formed Savings and Credit Cooperatives Societies (Saccos).
“We thank the county, they have helped us with the shade and locals feel better now. We work well and organized while we operate from this shade that over 30 riders operate from,” noted Irack.
“Previously we had a very small shed and it was hard to operate especially on sunny and rainy days. We don’t worry about that anymore, if it rains we have a place to take shelter from. Same when the sun gets too hot,” added Douglas Isowe, a bodaboda rider at Jerusalem estate.
According to the Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Roads, Transport, Energy and Public Works Eng. Gideon Birir, construction of the shades will continue in all 30 wards so that all bodaboda groups benefit.
He encouraged the operators to form groups to enable them to get loans from the Department of Cooperatives and Enterprise Development which has supported many groups by offering them loans at a low-interest rate.
Loans offered under the department have a low interest of 5 percent and are aimed at financially supporting organized groups across the county.